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New gold mine plan may get Trust support

Posted 19 April 2011
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New gold mine plan may get Trust support
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A revised plan to reopen an old gold mine in the Scottish Highlands may get the support of a charity that helped persuade the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park authority to block its original plans.

Mining firm Scotgold has presented a new blueprint for the Cononish mine near Tyndrum, Grough reports.

It involves a smaller treatment works than originally planned and this may cause less disruption to those with rucksacks and walking boots heading up the nearby Munro of Ben Lui.

This proximity had prompted the John Muir Trust (JMT) and the mountaineering Council of Scotland to oppose the original plan, but JMT policy officer Steven Turnbull said the changes to the scheme may win it round.

He remarked: "It seems that Scotgold Resources has taken the right decision in acknowledging the permanent impact its original proposal would have had on the surrounding landscape."

At 3,707 ft high, Ben Lui is the third highest mountain in the national park, after Ben More and Stob Binnein.